8 killed, 40 wounded as Afghan passenger bus hit by roadside bomb: officials

A roadside bomb hit a Kabul-bound passenger bus in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding around 40, mostly women and children, officials said.

“It was a bomb planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but unfortunately it got a passenger bus,” Farah provincial police spokesman Muhibullah Muhib claimed. There was no immediate confirmation that the Taliban was responsible for the blast, but Afghanistan’s largest militant group is very active in the province.

The explosion happened as the bus travelled through Bala Baluk district of Farah at 4:30am, provincial governor spokesman Naser Mehri told AFP.